I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blog about my daily routine when I travel, but because my friends and family gets worried, I thought I should have another blog about my life abroad besides the www.somphonh.squarespace. com blog.
After being here for two weeks, I finally have a daily routine. I am one of those that craves routine because I am a creature of habit afterall. My day in Thailand starts out with me waking up with the roosters around 4:00/ 5:00 a.m. if it’s a hot morning or 7:00/8:00 a.m. if it was a hot morning the day before and I needed sleep. I would go to the noodle stall by the market that’s about a 5-10 minute walk from Tipp Inn Hotel (the place I’m staying at) and have a bowl of Chiang Rai noodle. My favorite is noodle with nam nieuw. It tastes just like my mom’s noodles, but a bit different in that they garnish it with pickled mustard leaf. After that I’d walk back and start my day my working on my computer. The internet service here is really slow so everything takes three times as long to load up than in the U.S. In the afternoon, if I’m really hungy then I would walk to the market or sometimes the young man that works at the hotel will drive me there with his motor bike and I’d pick up something from the market for lunch. If Sue, AYUI’s director and I made plans in the afternoon, then we’d meet up with her other teacher friends for lunch or coffee. Then back to work until 4:00 and I start walking to AYUI Youth Hostel to start my photography workshop with the kids. After the workshop, I normally have dinner with the kids unless, Sue and I made plans to go out elsewhere. At the end of the night a group of girls would volunteer to wak me back to my hotel. It’s always so fun to walk with them because they are so sweet and so funny.
Anyhow, many of my friends know how much I love food so I’m going to start blogging about the amazing food that I’ve been tasting through my travels:) Food is so dirt cheap in Thailand and if you’re in Bangkok, you can get food 24/7! I spend 15 baht on my soup and it’s 34 baht for $1.00 u.s.d. Bon appetit!